Aug 9, 2020

Eight-meter high mural of Novak Djokovic immortalised in Trnovo

Source: Novak Djokovic's Facebook

An academic painter Milos Popovic, from East Sarajevo, painted an 8-metre giant sized mural depicting Novak Djokovic, on a residential building in Trnovo, near the capital of the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Popovic said the initiative is the brainchild of the Tourist Organisation of the Municipality of Trnovo. 

The artist believes the mural is the largest in the world dedicated to the Serbian who is currently the world's no. 1 tennis player. 

The project took him 5 days to complete with the help from graphic design students Djordje Pastar and Boris Tomic. 

Jul 25, 2020

Where to get Rafael Nadal's face mask, Kia-Nadal partnership extended till 2025

Source: via Twitter handle @coachdal

There has been a buzz going around on the availability of the face mask that Rafael Nadal is wearing. 

A fan emailed Rafa Nadal Academy and has been informed the stock will arrive in matter of weeks and announcement will be made on social media. 

Source: via Twitter handle @coachdal

Meanwhile, Kia Motors Corporation, the major partner of the Australian Open, has announced a five-year partnership renewal with Nadal via a global livestream training session hosted on his official Facebook page.

The signing will extend the Kia-Nadal partnership beyond the 20-year mark. The Spaniard was first sponsored by Kia Spain back in 2004 before becoming Kia’s global brand ambassador two years later at the age of 19.

The announcement was live streamed on Facebook from the Rafael Nadal Academy in his hometown of Mallorca, Spain. 

Source: Rafael Nadal's Facebook

The reusable mask is now available for sale on Rafa Nadal Academy online store. However the design is different from the one that Nadal has been wearing. Kindly take note that delivery is only limited to certain countries only. The size is available for both adult and child.

Source: Rafa Nadal Academy

Jul 24, 2020

Rafael Nadal defeats Usain Bolt as the most dominant player, poses on a luxury yacht and wears a mask

Source: Reuters

ESPN started a fan poll to determine the most dominant individual performance in sports and the result is none other than Rafael Nadal, who has been announced as the winner. 

The King of Clay proved that he's the most popular beating the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt, in the final round. 

In a separate occasion, the Spaniard has been spotted enjoying his brand new 80 Sunreef Power Great White yacht. The majestic yacht hit the water at the Gdansk based yard and was delivered to Mallorca, his hometown just last month.

Meanwhile, stay safe and wear your mask just like Nadal!

Jul 16, 2020

Novak Djokovic reportedly ready to play at the US Open but wants exemption to quarantine

Source: Adam Hunger/AP

World no.1 Novak Djokovic is reportedly set to take part in the US Open, but only if the officials agree to waive off the quarantine requirement upon returning to Europe.

Meanwhile players around the world are still in doubt whether to take part in the upcoming US Open after the organisers announced the Grand Slam would go ahead despite an ongoing pandemic. Officials decided to go ahead with the major tournament from 31 August to 13 September, with the Rome and Madrid Masters planned between the French Open a few weeks later. The issue with some players is missing the Madrid and Rome Masters could impact their ranking points more than missing the Grand Slam in New York. 

Players such as Australian Nick Kyrgios have also expressed concerns about holding the tournament in the current climate. Rafael Nadal is set to miss defending his US Open title to prepare for a 13th Roland Garros.

Source: Adria Tour

Serbian Djokovic has been seen practicing on hard courts after cleared of coronavirus. He was recently forced to apologise after the Adria Tour he organised was forced to be cancelled due to safety concerns around the virus. Staged in his hometown Serbia, as well as neighbouring Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the event was cancelled after Grigor Dimitrov confirmed he had tested positive for the virus. Since then, Viktor Troicki, Borna Coric, Djokovic and his wife Jelena and coach Goran Ivanisevic have also revealed positive COVID-19 tests. Dimitrov, Coric and Jelena announced they too recovered from COVID-19.

Jul 14, 2020

Grigor Dimitrov recovered from COVID-19 and ready for the US Open

Source: Grigor Dimitrov's Instagram

Grigor Dimitrov announced on Instagram that he has recovered from COVID-19 and ready to get back to his training regime to prepare for the US hardcourt swing. The Bulgarian informed his fans that he has received the news from his doctor in Monaco that he is now confirmed negative for COVID-19. 

Three (3) weeks ago, Dimitrov and Borna Coric were both tested positive after participating in the Adria Tour events organised by Novak Djokovic. 


Jan 25, 2020

Success Lessons From Serena Williams For All Fields Of Life

When it comes to tennis, there is one name nobody can avoid and it is Serena Williams. Phenomenal woman, incredible player, unique feminist, and loving wife as well as the mother. It seems this woman can do anything in the world when this goes as her priority. So far, however, it is tennis, personal life and entrepreneurship being in the top of the to-do list for Serena, a woman we all cannot but admire endlessly.

In this article, we will look at the lessons this incredible woman can teach all of us whether for tennis or for real life. For some spheres of life, like love and relationships, we tend to visit different special platforms or apps to try to find the significant other. For other spheres, like personal success, we usually crave advice of those who have achieved substantial heights. And this is exactly what we are going to learn today from Serena’s experiences and life lessons.

Learning About Success From The Ever Most Successful Sportswoman
When it comes to reading stories of achievements of the world-wide known sportsmen, we are subconsciously ready to hear about a lot of sacrificing and dedication. However, rarely do we really comprehend the extent to which professional athletes’ lives differ from the ones we peacefully lead. Nevertheless, it is their success that enormously impresses us and motivates on further achievements.

So, how did it happen that Serena, a simple girl from Michigan, managed to become the best tennis player as well as a most empowering feminist leader to follow? Let us look at the secrets to her unprecedented accomplishments below:

  • mental imaginary technique: being born to the tennis coach, Serena started to play tennis where she was a kid. As the whole world recently learns from Nike ads featuring Williams, it was her dream from the very first steps onto the court to become the best at it. Basically, imagining yourself in the situation of the ultimate success as you define and understand it for yourself is a number one lesson. This works not only for sportsmen but also for people from all other fields of activities, including professional players in the world of betting sites online.
  • “I have not made it yet” mentality: in one of the most recent interviews, Serena mentioned that she did not think she had made it. In her book, it is not about becoming the best once but about becoming the best for yourself every day and every time you enter the court. And for us court can also mean life;
  • embracing your power: in the modern realities of yet existing glass ceilings and gender gaps, Serena sets an incredible example of being a powerful and successful woman. She believes in female power but does not diminish the power of men. In the end, it is all about being the best version of yourself.

To wrap things up, it seems every one of us can become just as successful as the world’s best female racket. However, this will require lots of devotion, constant work and unstoppable mentality.

Jan 11, 2020

Stefanos Tsitsipas captures ATP Finals title, Rafael Nadal clinches year-end no.1 for fifth time, Tomas Berdych retires

Source: ATP website

Newly crowned  ATP Finals champion, Stefanos Tsitsipas rallied to beat Dominic Thiem 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Sunday for the biggest win in his career. He becomes the youngest champion at the season-ending tournament in 18 years.

Tsitsipas first met Thiem at the O2 Arena in 2016 when he was the world's top-ranked junior and was invited to be a hitting partner for the ATP Finals participants. Three years on and they faced each other in the final.

Source: Tsitsipas' Instagram

It has been quite an exciting year for Tsitsipas, who reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, won two ATP titles and became the first Greek to break into the ATP top 10, a very unlikely scenario according to some of the best UK betting sites.

He leaves London with $2.6 million in prize money for this win. It is the fourth year in a row that there is a first-time champion at the ATP Finals, following wins by Andy Murray in 2016, Gregor Dimitrov in 2017 and Alexander Zverev last year.

Source: Reuters / Tony O'Brien

Also, congrats to Rafael Nadal, who is at 33, becoming the oldest player to finish year-end no. 1 in the history of the ATP Rankings (since 1973).

It has been quite a year for Nadal after getting married to longtime girlfriend, Maria Francisca Perello, in Majorca, Spain last month. He won two Grand Slam titles, including his 12th Roland Garros and his fourth U.S. Open title, and also reached the Australian Open final, losing to Djokovic. Nadal at the pinnacle of his career now has 19 Grand Slam titles, one behind Federer’s 20, and could tie and pass the Swiss maestro in 2020.

Nadal previously finished at the top in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2017, The Spaniard is the fifth player to finish the year at the top of men’s professional tennis on five or more occasions, following in the footsteps of Pete Sampras (6), Jimmy Connors (5), Federer (5) and Djokovic (5), via the ATP.

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Meanwhile, former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych has announced his retirement from tennis. The 34-year-old Czech reached the 2010 Wimbledon final, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic along the way before losing to Rafael Nadal.

Berdych, thank you for all the amazing games in tennis over the years. I'm thankful I had the opportunity to meet you and watch you play in the past.

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